Cops detailed with BI probed

A GROUP of policemen detailed with the Bureau of Immigration are now undergoing investigation in connection with their alleged involvement in a massive extortion racket victimizing foreigners detained at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

An angry Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente ordered the revocation of the detail orders of the policemen, two of them commissioned officers, after discovering that they were using his name in order to extract money from detained foreigners in exchange for favorable treatment at the BI detention center.

The Journal Group learned that the two police commissioned officers were among the targets of an entrapment operation inside the National Capital Region Police Office headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa on Tuesday which led in the arrest of Corporal Rommel Enrico, one of the policemen detailed with the immigration office. Supposed to be, the four were recruited to the BI to serve as counter-intelligence officers who will monitor the day-to-day activities of immigration officers and men.

However, the two did not show up during the sting which resulted in the arrest of Enrico shortly after he received marked money from the wife of a Korean national detained for being an overstaying alien.

PNP-CITF agents under Colonel Romeo M. Caramat Jr. arrested Cpl. Enrico at the gate of the NCRPO headquarters after he received P200,000 in marked bills from the wife of Korean Kook Jin Chung.